It’s “Opening Night 2” for the Woodward Boomers.

After beginning their season at El Reno a week ago, the Boomers will hold their home opener tonight against the Harrah Panthers.

Kickoff at Boomer Stadium is 7:30 p.m.

“We’re excited to be at home and play in front of our fans,” said Boomer coach Scott Myers. “We’ve had a good week so far.”

The Boomers and Panthers are both looking to break into the win column after week one losses to El Reno and Bethany, respectively. Both teams were 2-8 last year, but one of those victories for Harrah came at the Boomers expense.

Both squads lost a lot of seniors from that team, but the Boomers return more overall experience.

The Boomer defense will see a completely different style on offense from the wide open attack El Reno ran last week.

Harrah runs pretty much the classic I formation, Myers said.

“They have a traditional two-back set and will run the blast, power, toss sweep and a little bit of counter, traditional I-formation football.”

That style will put the Boomers more in their basic five-front Eagle defense after using a nickel package most of the game last week.

“Harrah is a 70 percent run football team,” Myers said. “The quarterback is a good player. They use the counter pass to the fullback and will throw it downfield off play-action. All of their passes have some sort of play action.”

Woodward’s defense had its moments against El Reno, including a touchdown from sophomore safety David Nelson on a pass interception return.

Caleb Jones had a huge game with 17 tackles plus an interception.

The Boomers had three sacks in week one and three other tackles for losses.

Linebacker Bryce White added 11 tackles and six other players had at least seven stops.

Offensively, the Boomers will also see a more traditional defense. Harrah uses a 5-2 front and doesn’t attack nearly as much as El Reno.

“They’re pretty basic,” Myers aid. “They have a young team and are probably trying to establish what they can do and go from there.

“I think they’re a pretty balanced football team. The strong linebacker J. D. Halverson is a great football player. He’s one of only two seniors that start on defense and typically in a 5-2 the strong linebacker is your best player.”

Anthony Alley comes into the game as the Boomers leading rusher, picking up 57 yards on nine carries and scoring once last week. Josh Melton will see time at I-back as well and quarterback Robby Chenoweth is a threat to run.

Chenoweth hit 7 of 16 passes in his first start, using five different receivers. Jones had two catches for 22 yards and Powell two for 14.

Woodward’s kicking game was solid in week one. Chenoweth averaged 37.5 yards punting and Melton 31 yards per kickoff return.



Notes: The Boomer touchdown club will hold its luncheon today at noon at the Northwest Inn. Myers will be on hand to review last week’s game and preview the Harrah contest. The Boomers are looking for their first home victory since defeating Guymon in week three of the 2003 season. Both Woodward victories last year came on the road.. PACA is sponsoring a pair of fifth quarters after the game. The Middle School fifth quarter is at the First Christian Church and high school at the First United Methodist Church.

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